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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs. 2021 Subaru WRX Review

Picture of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

2020 Mercedes-Benz
CLA 250

MSRP*: $36,650 to $38,650
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Picture of the 2021 Subaru WRX

2021 Subaru
WRX

MSRP*: $27,495 to $33,995
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Invoice* $34,451 to $36,331 $25,925 to $30,170
MPG - City 23 - 25 MPG 18 - 20 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 35 MPG 24 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 221-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 268-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T Continuously Variable, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Horsepower 221 hp 268 hp
Exterior Length 184.6 in 180.9 in
Exterior Width 72.0 in 70.7 in
Leg Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 27.1 in
Front 43.3 in
Rear 35.4 in
Head Room Front 40.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Front 37.2 - 39.8 in
Rear 37.1 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available *****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Subaru WRX than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Subaru WRX in the front seats.

Convenience
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Subaru WRX, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is somewhat more expensive than the Subaru WRX.

Dimensions
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a little wider than the Subaru WRX, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, which is slightly longer than the Subaru WRX.

Handling
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has about the same turning radius as the Subaru WRX, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has less horsepower than the Subaru WRX, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Subaru WRX do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 and the Subaru WRX.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 than that of the Subaru WRX.